Noach 5777

Shaken by violence and global uncertainty, craving stability, the people make a wrong assumption. “The people were of one language and the same words.” They think that through forced unity and simplicity, they can make the world great again: a great tower, a projection of their collective ego, will “make us a name,” overshadowing even God. But monolithic projects are a mistake – the world after the flood is commanded to live in harmony, not monotony.  The response to uncertainty in the world doesn’t come through being identical, but from an acceptance of precisely the diversity they fear. Therefore, the babble of Babel, the destruction of the tower and the wonderful confusion of seventy languages, wasn’t a punishment – but a blessing.

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[Inspired by: Genesis 11;  Martin Buber, The Election of Israel ; and Paul Klee’s Die Idee der Türme.]

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